Manchester United's Juan Mata now the Premier League's best in key attacking area

We bring you the best Opta stats from Manchester United's emphatic 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

Manchester United gave their top-four hopes a major boost on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Liverpool at Anfield.

Here are the top five statistics from the weekend encounter:

2 - Liverpool's last two Premier League defeats have both come against Manchester United. This means the Red Devils have completed a league double against Liverpool for only the second time in the last seven seasons.

50 - Gerrard was shown Liverpool’s 50th Premier League red card. His dismissal was the fastest red card in the Premier League from 2006/07 onwards – he was sent off after 38 seconds, passing the mark set in this period by Dave Kitson (47 seconds in August 2007).

18 - After missing from the spot against Liverpool, Wayne Rooney has now scored only 18 of his 26 Premier League penalties – this conversion rate of 69.2% is the third lowest of the 18 players to take at least 20 penalties.

11 - Following Sunday's 2-1 victory, Manchester United have now won away at Anfield more times than any other team in Premier League history (11).  Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa rank joint-second, with six victories.

  PositionTeamGoal ScoredConversion Rate (%)Appearances
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 7 32 25
Papiss Demba Cissé FW Newcastle 11 28 19
Ki Sung-yueng MF Swansea 6 26 27
Diego Costa FW Chelsea 19 25 23
Olivier Giroud FW Arsenal 13 25 19

7 - Manchester United's Juan Mata has now scored seven goals from just nine attempts on target in the Premier League this season. The Spaniard now boasts the best conversion rate in the top flight (of those who have netted five or more goals) - outclassing the division's leading scorers Diego Costa, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero. 

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